We are always looking for great after school snacks. Plus who can resist any recipe that includes mac & cheese and a mini-muffin pan. There are tons of recipes online for these fun little bites. Here, we made small modifications to a recipe we found on allrecipes.com.
The ingredients included: 2 cups of uncooked elbow macaroni, 1 tablespoon butter1 egg, beaten, 1 cup milk, 1 1/2 cups colby & monterey jack cheeses, 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese,
Cook the elbow macaroni according to the instructions on the box. Sous Chef Mommies may want to help with this.
It may be easier to use pre-shredded cheese. However, if necessary, shred any blocks of cheese you may have until you have enough for the recipe.
SOUS CHEF MOMMY TIP:Make sure your little chefs keep their fingers away from the blades. You can try cooking gloves for added precaution.
Next add just enough salt and pepper to your liking. The next time we try this recipe, we may add in nutmeg and /or paprika. This a great way to have your little chefs experiment with different spices and flavors.
…then bake @350 in a preheated oven for about 30 minutes or until the top is nice and brown.
- 2 cups of uncooked elbow macaroni
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 cup milk
- 1 1/2 cups colby & monterey jack cheeses
- 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- cooking spray
- salt & pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray. Reserve ½ cup of Cheddar Cheese. Use ½ of your reserve to sprinkle cheese at the bottom of your pan.
- Cook the elbow noodles according to the instructions on the box. Remove from the heat, drain and return to the pan.
- Stir in the butter and egg until pasta is evenly coated. 1 cup of Cheddar cheese, milk and Colby & Monterey Jack cheese into the pasta.
- Spoon into the prepared muffin tin. Sprinkle the remaining reserved cheese over the top.
- Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the topping is nicely browned. Allow the muffins to cool for a few minutes before removing from the pan. This will allow the cheese to set and they will hold their muffin shape.